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Take-home naloxone kits now available in a northern Saskatchewan health region

The Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority is the ninth health region in Saskatchewan to offer take-home naloxone kits. File / Global News

Take-home naloxone (THN) kits are now available at a health region in northern Saskatchewan.

The Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority is the ninth health region in the province to offer the life-saving kits free of charge.

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Byrne Richards, the region’s director of addictions and mental health, said having the kits available could possibly prevent overdose deaths.

“People who have identified as being at-risk will be able to access the kits, free of charge, following the completion of a course on recognizing, preventing, and responding to an overdose,” Richards said in a release.

“They will also be taught how to administer naloxone using THN kits.”

Richards added that family members and friends can take part in the training.

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The take-home kits were first brought to Saskatchewan in 2015 in response to a growing opioid crises.

Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, can restore breathing to a person experiencing an overdose if administered properly.

There were 36 fentanyl-related deaths in the province between 2014 and 2016.

Health region officials said the kit doesn’t replace the need for immediate medical treatment in the event of an overdose.

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